From Merseyside Police:

We can confirm that Thomas Cashman has today, Monday 3rd April, been jailed for life – to serve a minimum of 42 years – for the murder of nine year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel.

Following an 18-day trial at Manchester Crown Court, Cashman, 34, of Grenadier Drive, West Derby, was found guilty of murder, attempted murder, the wounding of Olivia’s mum Cheryl and two firearms offences.

He was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 42 years for murder. He was also jailed for 22 years for attempted murder, 10 years for wounding and 18 years each for the two firearms offences. The sentences will run concurrently.

Justice Yip said during her sentencing remarks: “The killing of Olivia shocked not only the city of Liverpool but also the nation.

“Her family have spoken today of Olivia’s life and the hopes and dreams of her future which were so cruelly snatched away. Olivia’s name is likely to be remembered for many years, but her name should not only be remembered for her terrible last moments. It’s plain Olivia was a lovely little girl who brightened the lives of her family and friends. They have suffered an unimaginable loss they must carry for the rest of their lives.”

On the role played by the anonymous witness, Justice Yip added: “Her evidence was significant. She chose to do the right thing. She was subjected to lengthy questions about intimate details by the defence but she stood strong. Her courage should be applauded.”

Speaking after the sentencing senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Mark Baker said: “We welcome today’s sentence which reflects the severity of the crime committed by Thomas Cashman and he now has a long time behind bars to contemplate his actions. In fact, he won’t be out until he’s a very old man.

“We heard earlier from Cheryl, Chloe and John [Olivia’s family] of the devastating impact her death has had on all families and friends. Today’s sentence will never bring Olivia back.

“I again thank the witness who assisted in bringing justice for Olivia family. She did the correct thing, and she should be proud of herself.

“The courage and bravery of Olivia’s family and our witness is in direct contrast to the cowardice shown by Thomas Cashman.

“I hope that the sentence of 42 years given to Cashman today will act as a deterrent for anyone who thinks of picking up a gun and putting our communities at risk through their reckless behaviour.

“This has been a challenging, complex, and emotional enquiry. I want to thank and praise the commitment, dedication, and sheer determination of the investigation team as they pursued the truth.

“I also want to thank our prosecuting barristers Mr David McLachlan KC and Mr Henry Riding.

“I reserve special thanks to Maria Corr from the Crown Prosecution Service for her professionalism and the confidence she placed in the enquiry team and her support throughout this investigation.”